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 Joseph Warren Russell, Sr

Joseph Warren Russell, Sr

Death 10 Nov 1882 (aged 82)
Burial Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 16581516 · View Source
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Joseph Russell moved his family from Virginia to Texas in 1845 to settle in the Peters Colony (Republic of Texas Land Grant given to investors led by William S. Peters).

Born in North Carolina

During his childhood, Joseph Russell lived in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. As a young man, he moved to Missouri. About 1823, possibly in Kentucky, he married Elizabeth Grey. Joseph and Elizabeth had five children, all born before the family came to Texas. The promise of new land in Peter's Colony, south of the Red River, caused Joseph to move into Texas in 1845. The John D. Brown family were traveling companions. With Joseph Russell were: his wife Elizabeth, his widowed daughter, Mary Russell Stone and her three year old daughter Nan Stone; Joseph's two unmarried daughters, Elizabeth and Isabel; his married daughter, Nancy and her husband Samuel P. Brown. Also traveling with the group was a single man, James Stone, who was probably a brother of Mary Russell Stone's deceased husband.

The Russells with their son-in-law Sam Brown moved on southward to a point three miles north of present Plano. Joseph Russell's 640 acre grant was patented in two tracts, about a mile apart with Rowlett Creek running through both tracts. First the family settled on the lower easterly tract near Old Indian Hole, a deep water hole at a sharp bend of the creek. The Russells realized that less than a year before the Muncy family had been killed by Indians at that spot. Elizabeth tried to keep hot bread baked to appease the Indians who stopped by asking for food.

Two weeks after crossing the Red River, their young married daughter Nancy died. There was no wood to build her coffin. Her saddened family had to tear apart the bed of a wagon for her father to fashion a coffin. They lined it with one of her mother's handmade quilts and buried Nancy on the new land in 1845. Her young husband eventually married their widowed daughter, Mary Russell Stone.

Joseph Russell and his wife were charter members of the Methodist Church of Plano. Joseph was a farmer and a carpenter. He and Elizabeth lived long happy lives together, dying wihtin a few years of each other. His last few years were spent in blindness.

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Gravesite Details Husband of Elizabeth Russell.




  • Created by: Ed Elam
  • Added: 9 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16581516
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Warren Russell, Sr (31 Dec 1799–10 Nov 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16581516, citing Bowman Cemetery, Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ed Elam (contributor 46629771) .